Known for its magnificent havelis with beautiful frescoes and murals, Fatehpur is also called the cultural capital of Shekhawati. Even though not many tourists know about this small quaint town, however Fatehpur is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are into art and culture and want to try out a new destination.
Unlike other towns in the state, Fatehpur is not yet commercialized, which gives it a unique appearance and appeal to the tourists. Located within the Delhi-Jaipur-Bikaner triangle, this small town is easily accessible via National Highway 11.
Adorned by several ancient forts and palaces, which are decorated in beautiful frescoes, murals and paintings, Fatehpur is definitely a must-visit for those who love art and want to experience the true Rajasthani culture.
History of FatehpurTrue to its name, Fatehpur was discovered by Nawab Fateh Khan Kayamkhani in year 1451 AD. He built the fort of Fatehpur in the year 1449 and ruled for 23 years up to 1474 AD. Under his rule, this small town also served as the capital of Shekhawati Riyasat. Fateh Khan’s eldest son, Jalal Khan, who also founded a small village about 10 kilometers from Fatehpur, took over after the death of his father in 1474. Later, during the 18th century, Fatehpur was taken over by the Shekhawati Rajputs.
Tourist Spots in FatehpurFatehpur is mostly a part of large travel itineraries that include the entire Shekhawati region. Known for its beautiful havelis with frescoes, this small town receives a steady inflow of tourists, especially during the peak season. It is particularly popular among travelers who want to know more about the local art and architectural practices of Rajasthan. The opulently painted walls of the havelis of the Ganeriwala, Choudhuri and Poddar families are a major tourist attraction among both local and international tourists. Moreover, Fatehpur is also used as a base town for visiting other popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan that have similar artistic heritage.
Some popular tourist spots in Fatehpur include Nadine Le Prince Haveli and Cultural Center, Qureshi Farms, Jagannath Singhania Haveli, Sitaram Kedia Ki Haveli, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mahaveer Prasad Goenka Haveli, Harkishan Das Saraogi Haveli and Choudaharia Haveli.
Accommodation in FatehpurHotel Haveli is one of the few luxury hotels in Fatehpur, which is managed by Rajasthan State Tourism Development Corporation. Perfect for small groups and families, Hotel Haveli is a wonderful place to stay in the town. The hotel has an opulent architecture with clean and safe rooms. However, due to unavailability of other luxury hotels in Fatehpur, Hotel Haveli can be a tad bit expensive for travelers who are on a modest budget.
Although Fatehpur does not have many hotels and guesthouses, there are many luxury hotels and resorts in the Shekhawati region nearby, which are located just a few kilometers from Fatehpur.
Hotel Desert and Dunes and Paawana Haveli are good places to stay in Mandawa, which is about 20 kilometers from Fatehpur. Another good option for travelers is to stay in Malji Ka Kamra Heritage Resort or Hotel Shakti Palace in Churu, which is about 37 kilometers from Fatehpur. Alternatively, tourists can also stay at Roop Vilas Resorts in Nawalgarh, which is about 48 kilometers from Fatehpur. All of these hotels are located in the Shekhawati region and provide luxurious and comfortable taxis and cars for day trips to Fatehpur.
Best Time to Visit FatehpurSince Fatehpur is located on the northern part of the Indian state of Rajasthan and very close to Thar Desert, it experiences extreme weather conditions, that is, very hot summers and chilly winters.
During summers, the temperature ranges between 48 and 49 degree Celsius and thus, it can get quite hot and uncomfortable, especially for those who are not used to harsh summers. The dry heat along with hot winds makes it very difficult for tourists to explore the town. Similarly, during winters, the temperature ranges between 0 and 1 degree Celsius, with very cold winds from the desert.
Therefore, the best time to visit Fatehpur is from the month of February to the month of March and also, between October and November, when the temperatures remain moderate. During these months, the weather is pleasant, that is, neither it is too cold nor is it too hot, which makes it very comfortable to explore the various attractions of this town. During daytime, it is advisable to carry caps, umbrellas and sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from direct exposure to the harsh sun rays in Rajasthan.
How to Reach FatehpurSince Fatehpur is situated on the Jaipur – Bikaner Highway on National Highway 11, it is fairly easy to reach this small town. Moreover, the state of Rajasthan has a very well connected transport network that connects all the towns in the Shekhawati region.
By AirThe nearest airport to Fatehpur is in Jaipur, situated about 160 kilometers from this town. Jaipur Airport is very well connected to all the major cities of India as well as some foreign countries via a broad spectrum of airline companies including Air India, IndiGo, GoAir, Spice Jet, Jet Konnect, Jet Airways, Oman Air, Air Arabia, Air Costa, Air India Express and so on.
Once you reach Jaipur, there are several taxis and cars available at the airport that can transport you from Jaipur to Fatehpur.
By RailThe nearest railway station is Jhunjhunu Railway Station, which is situated about 10 kilometers from Fatehpur. Jhunjhunu Railway Station is connected to Jaipur Railway Station through trains such as Loharu passenger and Intercity Express. Where as, Jaipur Railway Station is connected to all the major cities throughout India. Luxurious taxis and cars are easily available at both the railway stations.
By RoadOne of the easiest ways of reaching Fatehpur is via road. Many private taxis and cars ferry tourists from main cities in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur to Fatehpur. Moreover, there are also many direct buses from Delhi, Bikaner, Jaipur and so on that transport tourists directly to Fatehpur.
Local Transport in FatehpurMajority of the local transport in Fatehpur is taken care by local buses. These buses are a good way of seeing the town. Moreover, they also connect Fatehpur to nearby areas in the Shekhawati Region such has Churu, Mandawa and so on.
Besides this, there are also many auto-rickshaws that are easily available in the town. They are one of the easiest and the fastest ways of getting around Fatehpur. Moreover, since this is a very small town, tourists can easily walk between the major tourist attractions. This way, you can explore at your own leisure and view the attractions more closely. Another way to travel around the town is to either hire a cab or rent a car.
Helpline and Emergency Numbers in FatehpurEven though Fatehpur, like all the other cities in Rajasthan, is a fairly safe and easy to navigate town, it is important to know the helpline numbers in case of any emergency. The direct helpline for tourists, women and senior citizens in Rajasthan is 1090 and 1091 and for children, it is 1098. The direct number for fire emergencies in 101 and for ambulances, it is 102.
Fire Station Helpline
Sikar District – 01572 51101
Address: 300K, Ward No.26, Station Road, Fatehpur-Shekhawati – 332301
Phone: 01571 230 200
Address: Fatehpur (Sikar)
Fatehpur Sadar Kasba,